Glow­ing lights set to delight

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - GE­OR­GIA FOR­RESTER

Whether it is a herd of glow­ing rein­deer or Santa Claus parachut­ing out of a tree, Christ­mas lights are spark­ing fes­tive cheer through­out Manawatu.

Nine­teen homes in Palmer­ston North, Feild­ing, Bulls, Fox­ton and Mar­ton are dressed to the nines with lights and dec­o­ra­tions for this year’s Pro­fes­sion­als Christ­mas Lights Spec­tac­u­lar.

Bill Wil­liams, who is part of the com­pe­ti­tion, has dec­o­rated his prop­erty with ‘‘thou­sands and thou­sands and thou­sands’’ of lights each year, since mov­ing to Feild­ing from Mar­ton in 2004.

His house, gar­den and clock mu­seum are draped in an ar­ray of colour­ful lights in cel­e­bra­tion of the fes­tive sea­son.

A gen­er­a­tor runs about 50 bundles of lights, while the rest are pow­ered by his home elec­tric­ity.

He said the light show in De­cem­ber costs him about four times his usual power bill for the month.

But it was all worth it, sim­ply be­cause he en­joyed Christ­mas and see­ing peo­ple’s re­ac­tions to the dis­play.

‘‘I love it. The kids think they’re great and their par­ents love them too.’’

It takes Wil­liams and his fam­ily about two months to put the dis­play to­gether and one month to re­move it all.

Wil­liams gets right into the Christ­mas spirit, dress­ing up as Santa Claus for a cou­ple of nights in De­cem­ber.

He said it was a fam­ily af­fair, as his wife dressed up like ru­dolph and his son as a grumpy elf.

Vanessa Shaw’s home on Tre­maine Ave is again il­lu­mi­nated in lights.

This year, she also has large in­flat­able dec­o­ra­tions.

Shaw said she and her fa­ther have been putting up lights for the past 19 years and had about 9000 peo­ple visit in 2015.

Shaw no­ticed a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple com­ing through the gate.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Lim­brick Street will again have an­other Christ­mas light dis­play.

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